National SLN Conference



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Save the Date!

May 30 & 31, 2015
Louisville, KY

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Save the date to join us for an opportunity to connect with other siblings of people with disabilities and those who care about siblings. We are excited to again partner with AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and hold our SLN Conference in conjunction with AAIDD. Hear from national experts on the latest in sibling services and supports, learn about new research initiatives, and participate in sibling and disability advocacy efforts. You will have an opportunity to learn about resources, share stories, network and gain insight on sibling experiences.


Download the SLN 2015 Conference Sponsorship Kit here! Scroll down to see a list of our current sponsors.

Conference Information (will be updated as we know more):

Registration will open in March 2015. The registration fee will be $100 (includes 2 meals). 

The SLN Conference will be held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. There is a designated conference rate of $115 per night. Make sure when you call to reserve your room that you mention the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities group rate. (It’s important to say the entire name and not abbreviate it!)

Conference Schedule: 

Saturday, May 30th:

  • 12:00pm-5:30pm: Conference kicks off with lunch provided and continues through 5:30pm
  • 7:30pm-10:00pm: Sibling Survival Guide book signing in SLN Conference Hospitality Suite

Sunday, May 31st:

  • 7:30am-8:30am: Breakfast provided
  • 8:30am-12:30pm: Conference continues and concludes

Detailed agenda to follow!

With Keynote Speaker Michelle “Sheli” Reynolds:

Charting Your LifeCourse Towards a Good Life!

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Michelle “Sheli” Reynolds:

My passion, knowledge and experience come from growing up as a sibling of a younger brother with developmental disabilities. For the last 17 years I have served as the Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support at UMKC Institute for Human Development, a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities where I am directly responsible for projects that directly impact the lives of persons with disabilities and their families through both policy and practice changes. I am currently the Director of the Missouri Family to Family Health Information Center and the co-principle investigator on the National Community of Practice on Supports to Families.  This year I was appointed as a member of the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  For twelve years I had the privilege of providing technical assistance to the self-advocacy organizations for Missouri and the nation, which served as my biggest training ground. I received my doctorate in Public Administration and Sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a focus on family support research and policy for families of individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

Who should attend the conference?

  • Siblings of people with disabilities. The conference is for adults and is welcome to siblings who have a brother or sister with any type of disability.
  • People with disabilities. Self-advocates are important to the sibling movement and we encourage people with disabilities to come and share your sibling perspective.
  • Parents and family members. Families can learn a lot at this conference and share their perspectives.
  • Professionals. Professionals, including researchers, can gain a stronger understanding of the sibling relationship and ways to support siblings throughout the lifespan.
  • Sibling supporters. Anyone who is a friend or colleague to siblings and their families is welcome.

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2015 SLN National Conference Sponsors

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